Drinking coffee will make you live a longer, happy life, recent studies say. Specifically, one study found that that drinking between three and six cups of coffee per day can reduced mortality rates. And, for each two additional cups of coffee per day, death rates were reduced by 22 per cent.
One study published last year found that coffee could protect cardiovascular health. An danother research team found that coffee helps regulate blood sugar levels.
In another study, drinkers had up to a 17 percent lower risk of death from all causes, compared with people who did not drink coffee. And, consumption and the risk of death among non-white populations in the United States found that those who drank one cup each day had a 12 percent lower death risk compared to non-drinkers.
What’s In This Drink?
It turns out that caffeine is not the only reason for this drinks positive affect on longevity. Coffee also contains polyphenols, a substance that acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties, and may protect against stress and aging at the cellular level.
What is A “Polyphenol”?
Plant-based foods such as vegetables and fruits tend to be high in polyphenols.
The number of polyphenols in a food can vary depending on where the food is grown, how it is farmed and transported, how ripe it is, and how it is cooked or prepared.
Here are some of the most common sources of dietary polyphenols:
Polyphenols are anti-oxidants and reduce inflammation.
In addition, they may lower the risk for type 2 diabetes and increase insulin sensitivity.
Polyphenol intake may also play a role in body weight regulation.
One study compared the intake of flavonoids, a class of polyphenols, with body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Researchers found that a higher flavonoid intake was associated with lower BMI and waist circumference.
These results are significant because obesity is associated with a higher risk for many chronic diseases.
And as we noted, coffee is rich in polyphenols. And so, the message might be: Drink it and live longer.